Hi Breyner, all of your statistics were very interesting to me. You seem to feel strongly about fixing the problem that is present day poverty with our youth, which is very admirable. What do you think would be a good solution to help the youth in poverty today and what do you think we can do to prevent the growing population in poverty?
Hi Breyner, I think that your post is really accurate and addresses a very serious problem in todays society in general, especially in the bay area. It is very baffling to think that 1/4 of young people in the bay area live in poverty, and some places with almost 50%. I am interested to know how those statistics look on a national level and what contributes to places having such high child poverty rates. I know that my home town and environemnt has more people in povery than I like to think and i think that we need to awknowledge and do something about this problem. I think that this article is interesting on what causes child poverty in wealthy nations if you want to check it out. https://borgenproject.org/2013/08/03/what-causes-child-poverty-in-wealthy-nations/
Very interesting topic, Breyner. I can tell you are very passionate about the prevalent problem of poverty in the Bay Area. I believe this is an issue that should be addressed quickly. It is an unfortunate and saddening situation where “one quarter of young children live in the poverty” in California. I know students have a voice, and can make a difference. What do you think you could do to make an impact, and help facilitate a change? I have researched more about this topic, and I found an interesting article you may want to read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/05/bay-area-poverty_n_1855189.html. I really appreciated your thoughts, and would love to read more about your ideas on poverty.
Breyner, you seem very passionate about kids living in poverty. This is a devastating problem, especially because it is our youth and they will be our future. It is also something that they have no control over because they are usually born into it. One thing that I challenge you to think about is how growing up in poverty will affect these kids in the future. Do most continue to live in poverty, get involved with drugs and alcohol, or do they defy the odds and get on track? What kind of programs are helping kids that grow up in poverty? Great post!
Breyner, I like the statistics and the passion in your article. It is interesting when you said “It talked about that Immigrants represent a large part of the East Oakland population which is 17 percent. Thirty five of the population in the East Oakland have a least one parent immigrant 79 percent of whom are US citizens. Most of the immigrants in the East Oakland are working as poor class citizens”. This shows how important immigrants are to society, and how unappreciated they are. Immigrants make up a lot of the workforce and are paid very little, and still, people find immigrants a problem. It is ridiculous. If you were to expand, I would love to know your thoughts on ways to help immigrants and poor people in the Bay Area, and I would like to know more about immigrants in the workforce and their economic lives. I suggest reading the book Aftershock by Robert Reich, or watching the movie based on the book called “Inequality for All”. It shows the effects of the wealth gap in America.
Breyner, I really like this topic that you did. The reason being is because it feels that the government doesn’t seem to look into these type of issues closely and deeply. I really like how you approached this topic logic and reasoning and evidence to back up your claims. This article made me wonder how we can try and make this more open and have more of an awareness to all people because we really need to try and find a solution to help these kids and families who are really struggling through poverty and don’t have enough resources. Here’s a link that might help as well: http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/09/15/california-poverty-rates-have-declined-but-many-still-struggle/
Breyner, I believe that your topic is compelling and can lead to a very interesting research paper, but you made need to focus your attention more on a specific area in California. In your first source, you cite that 1/4 of children in California live in poverty while in your second and third sources you talk more about poverty specifically to Oakland. I think that if you concentrated solely on this city, your thesis would be much stronger in its conviction. Here is an interesting website I found concerning this topic: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20131219/percentage-of-children-in-poverty-increases-in-oakland-county
Breyner, this is a very interesting topic, and I can tell you are definitely passionate about it. You might want to think about what we can do to change things, and also how this has a negative effect on overall society. One source you might want to use is at Mercury News, at http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/22/in-costly-bay-area-even-six-figure-salaries-are-considered-low-income/ . I know poverty is a big problem in today’s world, and we definitely need to do something to fix this. I look forward to reading what you will write about this topic in the future.
Breyner, great start on poverty research! I do agree with your point that children are not receiving the right amount of education to flourish later in life. It was also interesting to discover the connection you made with poverty to your own community. I can’t believe Oakland is the highest poverty populated city in California (and the world?). Poverty has become a larger and larger issue in the past decade and it is wonderful that you are looking into it’s effects. If you would like to further your research check out this awesome link i found about battling poverty https://www.oxfam.org/en/explore/how-oxfam-fights-poverty
Breyner, I love your post about the issue of poverty for young children. You are a strong advocator for this topic and I strongly support this topic. Kids all over the world struggle with poverty, with lack of education, food, resources etc. what do you think would be a good solution to help these children? or what can us Americans do to help out people around the world or even the USA provide these resources to these kids. I found a link where we may have a opportunity to do that.
Breyner, your article fascinates me because I had no idea how bad the poverty rates are in California, and more specifically, the Bay Area. The number of latinos and immigrants in the Bay Area is shocking. I liked your comment on how the poverty rate is hurting the education system. The kids born into poverty will likely have a lesser education and a more difficult time getting out of it. Something to continue this research might be reading about organizations that help educate kids in poverty in the Bay Area or that help immigrant families. This article has a list of organizations trying to make a difference in the Bay Area that I think could be useful and interesting to you, https://medium.com/@lauraglu/155-ways-you-can-help-alleviate-poverty-in-the-bay-area-cf0e838c4abd. I look forward to reading more on this topic as your knowledge progresses!
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